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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982555040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982555040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Meet the new Bridget Jones.” (PopSugar Daily)

“A light and funny read…If you’ve ever felt like your life wasn’t going the way you’d planned, then you can’t help but connect with Waverly’s tale.” (Becky Lejeune for Bookbitch.com)

Anything can look perfect on paper. When her fiancé calls off their wedding at the last minute, Waverly Bryson wonders if her life will ever turn out the way she thought it would...or should. Her high-powered job in sports PR? Not so perfect. Her relationship with her dad? Far from it. Her perfect marriage? Enough said. To keep sane, Waverly makes a habit of jotting down "Honey Notes," her own brand of self-deprecating wisdom and a pipe-dream for a line of greeting cards.

As Waverly stumbles back into the dating scene (no stalkers or jean shorts, please), her personal and professional lives threaten to collide. Perfect on Paper reminds us that everyone has a bad date (or twelve), and that everyone eventually needs a best friend to tell them, “Honey, you are not alone.”


10 First Date Don'ts Waverly Bryson Has Learned the Hard Way, by Maria Murnane

1. Don’t order spaghetti
2. Don’t take off your sweater unless you’re SURE you’re wearing something underneath it
3. Don’t be afraid to get up and leave if the guy:
a. starts texting
b. brings up his ex-girlfriend and/or wife
c. doesn’t order alcohol immediately
4. Don’t overdo the self-tanner
5. Don’t feel guilty if you find the waiter more appealing than your date
6. Don’t have more than one or two drinks
7. Don’t forget his name
8. Don’t allude to anything in the future
9. Don’t be afraid to order your own dessert
10. Don’t worry--it will be over soon enough

From the Author

I wrote this book for any woman who has ever had a really bad date or realized halfway through the work day that her skirt is on backwards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

The story of how Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance, and she's now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. Her next book will be released in February 2015, and yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

Learn more and sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.mariamurnane.com

If you like her books, please tweet @mariamurnane.com! To contact her via email, send a note to maria@mariamurnane.com.

Customer Reviews

This was a fun book to read.
RC
I enjoyed the story and the main character was very likable.
MJS
Waverly is so funny, and her honey notes are hilarious!
Jamie

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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Waverly Bryson never thought she would be lucky enough to find true love. She never dreamed she would be the fiancée of wealthy eligible bachelor Aaron Vaughn III. Two weeks before the wedding, he told her he couldn't marry her because he wasn't sure if he really loved her, but he felt really bad for hurting her. Waverly was devastated.

The first year post breakup only netted Waverly three dates, and all of them were duds until meeting Jake McIntyre at a trade show in Atlanta. She had made a fool of herself getting drunk, and leaving a slow dance mid way through to throw up in the ladies room. After that fiasco, she spent most of her free time with best friends McKenna and Andie opting to cut her losses when it came to men.

Since everything else in her life was falling apart it was par for the course that her perfect professional life in PR was unraveling around her. She was passed over for an assignment to a new account, and then an account that she had spent years on, was given to her nemesis. When it was getting to the point that she couldn't force herself to be there anymore, fate stepped in a turned all aspects of her life upside down.

This was a light funny read. Waverly is a multi layered complete klutz that has the philosophy it is either laugh or cry in most situations. She tries to find the humor in it the majority of the time. I think Murphy is her enemy because Murphy's Law definitely shadows her. What can, usually does go wrong. A good effort from this new author. Only one criticism that really made me cringe is her constant reference to men as boys. It was always I met a boy when there are so many other words to use, and that just doesn't sound right coming from a thirty-year-old woman.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
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Two weeks before she is due to walk down the aisle and marry Mr. Perfect, Waverly Bryson gets dumped. After being in a relationship for several years with this man she goes through the normal "I just got dumped and I never want to leave my house mourning period," but with a little help from her friends, she heals, little by little and day by day. Getting on with her life means working, hanging with her two best friends and of course, dating. In the midst of all this she writes quirky little sayings, from her daily misadventures, which she hopes to use in a greeting card line.

This is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I laughed so hard, so loud and so many times throughout this book and when I wasn't laughing, I was smiling. Waverly is easy to identify with and the friends she surrounds herself with are as unforgettable and just as loveable as she is herself.

Waverly is not without flaws or faults and the reader gets to see her make mistakes, get laughed at, laugh at herself, learn and grow... All the while the author makes sure you don't want to set the book down, ever. The dates she goes out on are hilariously horrifying and unfortunately some are hauntingly familiar. Ladies, I challenge you not to find at least one of your former dates in this book.

As intriguing and wonderful a heroine as Waverly is, this book wouldn't be anything without the supporting cast. It's really not just about Waverly, but about her and her relationships with her girlfriends, men friends, work chums and even her father. How each relationship shapes her in some way and how she finds and sees herself among them.

At the beginning of each chapter in this well told tale is a sampling of Waverly's greeting card line that she has been writing.
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93 of 108 people found the following review helpful By SW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
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"Perfect on Paper" is being published by Amazon Encore, a service I'd never before heard of that claims to give, "outstanding but overlooked authors a second chance," which I, personally, found astounding, because that means someone decided to publish this lackluster effort not once, but twice. (And though I know this was an uncorrected proof, I've never seen so many typesetting errors. There were broken carriage returns on nearly every page, making the book physically hard to read.)

This story is obviously written for, and perhaps by, 16-year-old girls who got their idea of being "grown up" from watching "Sex and the City" and "The Real World."

Waverly Bryson is a "career girl" in San Francisco set to marry the rich, handsome man of her dreams, until he calls off the wedding, just weeks before the big, society-page ceremony they'd planned. (This all happens by page two so I'm not giving anything away.)

The story then follows Waverly ("like the cracker" ... a joke made dozens of times that's got to fly over the head of the target demo by more than a decade; I'm in my mid-30s and barely remember what they're talking about), through her post-dump depression (over in a few pages) and her return to the dating pool, for one ridiculously bad date after another. Of course, if she didn't insist on dating only "hot" guys, and getting blind drunk nightly, perhaps she'd avoid the stream of losers and users she goes out with.

There's no real peril for our heroine, whose eventual romantic happy-ever-after you can put together before you crack the cover.
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